Roster cuts across the league were made on Saturday. No 53-man roster is truly finalized, however, as teams will put in waivers on recently released players, re-sign veterans who do not have to clear waivers or look to sign some veterans who were recently let go from other teams.
Players that go unclaimed in the waiver process will then turn their attention to finding a practice squad to join.
This year, there are more opportunities for players who clear waivers to find a spot on a practice squad. Teams will be able to carry 16 players on their practice squad. In the Buffalo Bills’ case that number could actually be 17 thanks to a possible roster exemption for Christian Wade. Six of the practice squad spots can be taken by veterans who have more than two accrued seasons. This is a new addition that will benefit teams.
Below you will find the latest news, reports and rumors as the team builds their 2020 practice squad.
Practice squad news
- DE Bryan Cox Jr. is joining the practice squad per NYUP’s Ryan Talbot
- WR Jake Kumerow, previously with the Packers, is joining the practice squad per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero
- WR Duke Williams will be joining the practice per ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques
- CB Cam Lewis is joining the Bills’ practice squad per NYUP’s Matt Parrino
- DT Tanzel Smart will not be joining the Bills’ practice squad per Talbot.
Latest reports and rumors
- TE Jason Croom expected to join Bills practice squad if he clears waivers per Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson
- Bills plan to sign RB Antonio Williams to practice squad per NYUP’s Ryan Talbot
- OL Marquel Harrell is on Bills’ practice squad radar per The Athletic’s Joe Buscaglia
- Bills have expressed interest in adding S Josh Thomas to the practice squad per The Athletic’s Matthew Fairburn
- There is interest in adding CB Cam Lewis to the practice squad per NYUP’s Matt Parrino
- Bills have interest in adding OL Brandon Walton to practice squad per Buffalo News’ Jay Skurski
- Buffalo hopes to add DE Bryan Cox Jr. to practice squad per Talbot
- Bills intend to add QB Davis Webb to practice squad per Skurski
- Bills have interest in adding DT Justin Zimmer to practice squad per Talbot
- Buffalo plans to add DE Mike Love to practice squad if he clears waivers per Talbot
LB Andre Smith: The Bills traded for Smith shortly before roster cuts sending a conditional pick to the Carolina Panthers. It’s expected that the Bills will get that 2023 pick back, but Brandon Beane may have been strategic in adding Smith to the roster when he did.
The Athletic’s Joe Buscaglia did a great job explaining why Beane may have traded for Smith.
DT Tanzel Smart: Smart, signed in mid-August, was able to get consistent pressure on Josh Allen in a team scrimmage and performed well in other practices with the team. Smart tells NYUP he is willing to join Buffalo’s practice squad if he clears waivers.
Update: Tanzel Smart will not be joining the Bills’ practice squad at this time per Talbot.